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Promise of the Arctic 2016: Opportunities and Challenges

The 3rd Pacific Maritime Magazine Promise of the Arctic Conference took place in Seattle on November 2nd and 3rd of 2016. This year’s conference, produced with the partnership of the Institute of the North and the Alaska Department of Economic... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2017

Russia's New Icebreakers

Russia's Baltic Shipyard at St Petersburg has floated out the hull of the icebreaker Arktika (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, Feb. 2016) but funding for the highly expensive ship, which will displace... Full story

 

New Vessel and Tugboat Review

The past year has seen a record number of large catamarans (more than 80 feet) constructed by established Pacific Northwest builders, plus two yards with extensive small-boat experience delivering... Full story

 

Captain's Orders

I have been lucky in my career to have represented vessel owner clients whose masters have acted in a non-negligent manner when commanding their vessels. Other lawyers have not been so lucky, as thous... Full story

 

Regional Report: San Francisco Bay Area

Like all businesses, the five seaports located in the San Francisco Bay Area – Oakland, San Francisco, Redwood City, Richmond and West Sacramento – have their ups and downs from time to time. But... Full story

 

Polar Code Rings in the New Year for Arctic Shipping

On January 1, 2017, the vessel safety and pollution prevention components of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code)... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    November 1, 2016

The World's Biggest Ships

Considered the world's largest ship by displacement, beam and volume, the 1,253-foot by 407-foot topsides removal/installation vessel Pioneering Spirit (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, March 2016) comp... Full story

 

Marine Software and Technology

Maritime software and technology has an increasingly important role to play in the safety of vessel operations and in helping organizations work more efficiently. Simulation training is part of... Full story

 

Land Grab

“For years I have expressed significant concerns about offshore drilling in the Arctic. The federal administration should not enable new oil and gas drilling in these untouched areas that host such... Full story

 

Bulk and Breakbulk

North America's West Coast may be the focal point of containerized cargo imported and exported to and from Asia, but when it comes to bulk and breakbulk cargo, the ports on the US Gulf and East... Full story

 

Hanjin Hardship

When South Korea-based container carrier Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy protection in its home country in late August, it set off a chain of events that reverberated across the globe, including... Full story

 

US Bottoms

As this month’s magazine went to press, a press release came across the interweb announcing a contract between West Coast shipping line Matson Navigation and San Diego shipyard NASSCO for two new... Full story

 

Ocean and Coastal Towing: More Respect for Tug and Barge Operations

It's been said in the past that the towing industry plays second fiddle to the ship assist and escort sectors. And while that may have been true historically, it seems to be less and less the case... Full story

 

A Broken Promise

Many marine insurance policies contain warranties. A warranty can be described in one word: promise. It can be a promise by the insured that he will do something. It can be a promise by the insured... Full story

 

Ports of the Pacific

The majority of consumer goods that enter North America from Asia come through West Coast seaports. But according to an April 2016 report by Los Angeles-based commercial real estate services and inves... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2016

Deck Gear Survey 2016

There are several components to a successful workboat, including the vessel itself, its suitability for the project and a well trained crew. One key component is the deck machinery, which will... Full story

 

A New Carrier for Catalina Island

A new era in freight shipping in Southern California began recently as a new company, founded by three veterans of the maritime industry, has begun service between the Los Angeles area and Catalina... Full story

 

Adventurism

First a correction: In last month’s story on happenings in the Arctic, (A Busy March for Arctic Affairs Watchers, Pacific Maritime Magazine, April 2016) we noted efforts to establish marine... Full story

 

The Court Is Always Open - Sometimes

Most admiralty lawyers learn early in their careers that the federal courts are always supposed to be open even though the sign on the front door says “Mon-Fri 9-5”. That is because vessels are... Full story

 
 By Fred McCague    Features    April 1, 2016

60 Years of Containers: The Pioneers in the Pacific Northwest

On April 26, 1956, the Pan-Atlantic Steamship tanker Ideal-X sailed from Newark, New Jersey to Houston with a deckload of 58 33-foot containers for the company's new Sea-Land Service. The date is the... Full story

 

PMM Shipyard Update

Shipyards along the West Coast are busy this year, where a dip in fuel prices, coupled by tough new EPA emissions regulations, are keeping the yards busy with orders for new tonnage to replace or... Full story

 

Portland's 125-Year Anniversary

When the Port of Portland was founded in 1891, America had only 45 states, Hawaii was still ruled by a queen, and the detachable bicycle tire was a brand new invention. A lot has changed in the US... Full story

 

Damages Not to be Overlooked

In addition to loss of use damages (Pacific Maritime Magazine November 2015) there are other types of damages in maritime cases that to some are illogical if not unfair. However, when a maritime... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2016

Icebreakers – Expanding the World's Fleet

The US needs new icebreakers but they may be a long time in coming. Although President Obama proposed speeding the acquisition and building of new Coast Guard icebreakers during a visit to Alaska... Full story

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    January 1, 2016

The Move to LNG: Gaining Momentum for All Ship Types

The use of LNG as a marine fuel has grown rapidly over the past decade and shows no sign of slackening, with a large number of vessel types now either built to operate on LNG, under construction or... Full story

 

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